The Studio Museum in Harlem is one of my favorite cultural institutions in the Big Apple. With rotating exhibitions every two - three months it was a pleasure to catch the final day of an exhibit. Target sponsors Studio Museum go-ers every Sunday by offering free admission!! [p.s. my mom has a cameo in the first photo outside of the building :)]
Harlem native & OG graffiti artist James Top has a gallery in the Sugar Hill district. I recently moved to the same block and we reconnected. I first met him in 2013 when he was featured in a show at ImageNation RAW SPACE. It's dope how life has crossed our paths once again (syn·chro·nic·i·ty¿). I see him sometimes as I'm coming or going and during a recent encounter he told me about an event that he was having on June 19th. I stopped by without my camera, however with an overload of beautiful images and interesting people I felt that invisible magnetic pull. I walked the few minutes back to my apartment and grabbed my trusty Canon. *Snap Snap*
Harlem Arts Festival, June 27th, Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem.
Nona Hendryx (one-third of the trio Labelle & cousin of the late great Jimi Hendrix) introduced the musical proceedings. Farrah Boulé Burns serenaded the crowd with beauty and hip hop style. Ran into Chelsea Goding, Creative Director & Co-Founder of the Harlem Arts Festival. Caught up with artist Zulu King Slone in the midst of painting a Zip Car. Captured some of my favorite viewing points of uptown. On route back home stopped by the Brownstone Woman Boutique & ran into the one and only Mr. Witherspoon.
I recently did an audience reaction piece for National Black Theatre located in Harlem, USA.
“Fried Chicken & Latkes” is a one woman show featuring Rain Pryor, the daughter of iconic Richard Pryor. She plays eleven characters throughout the play and it revolves around her growing up half jewish and half black through the late 60s, 70s, & 80s.
For more info check out www.NationalBlackTheatre.org.
Located 35 miles southwest of Rochester, Letchworth State Park is known as the "Grand Canyon of the East." Breathtaking views, sweeping trails, and clean air! Wooden cabin with symphony of rain tapping on logs above. Paths and trails that wind around, up and down revealing more breathtaking views than moments before. Charcoal fires, the perfect marshmallow, toads, slugs, mist droplets on morning flowers. It is roughly a 4.5 - 5 hour drive from NYC & I highly recommend it for a weekend getaway.
Dates traveled: 5/30/15 - 6/1/15